Calle 13, Ana Tijoux, La Santa Cecilia y Chico Trujillo: Best of Pachanga Latino Music Festival 2012 !
This Puerto Rican duo is probably about 75% of the reason why La Roja and I traveled all the way to Texas for just one weekend! They were the biggest headliners for the music fest, and they performed Friday night to a very happy audience. Rene raps with so much passion and emotion that the power of their music goes beyond the lyrics and straight to the heart. Some of the best songs included classic “Atréve-Te-Te“, a funk-ified version of “Suave“, “No Hay Nadie Como Tu” and an extremely emotional “Latinoamerica“. The crowd went wild for every single song, but these were my personal favorites.
Obviamente, René is a master of the Spanish language… so, it was really touching when he did his best to explain the inspiration of his music in English during the breaks between songs (Las Gringas were majorly crushing….). Adding even more to the performance was the phenomenal band, and we couldn’t keep our eyes off of the back-up rapper, Ileana Cabra aka “PG13″…sister to Eduardo and René. What a talented familia!
The French-Chilean rapper took the stage on Saturday afternoon and proved to be just as bad ass in person as she is on her records. Her performance was relaxed and smooth, but this didn’t detract from the power of her lyrics. Also, I would just like to note that she totally rocked a flannel shirt, purple sneakers and ray bans. This is not an easy look to pull off, and she gets huge props for making it look effortlessly cool.
La Santa Cecilia
We caught this group in between Ana y Chico, and they had completely flown under our radar. So, it was a really happy accident when we essentially stumbled into their performance. They play a kind of funky cumbia style genre of music that is completely infectious. It is literally impossible not to dance while they perform. And baila, we did…alone…with each other…with other people in the audience. It was one of the moments during the festival when the crowd felt like a solid group brought together by the love of music, and it was really, really fun. I also enjoyed this group because it is 3/4 female with beautiful and talented ladies as lead vocal, bass and percussion, and there is no denying that they dominated that stage.
This group was the perfect end to an eventful day. They brought…well… they brought the pachanga! These guys had so much energy and the crowd was eating it up like candy…everybody was dancing and singing along (Las Gringas included!). Everywhere you looked people were doing cumbia, ska, or just swaying to the beat…keeping rhythm the best they knew how.
Wheew…just recapping all of the fun we had at the festival is tiring! Needless to say, it took Las Gringas several days to recover, but we had an absolute blast. If you love la música latina and a good fiesta, like we do, the Pachanga Latino Music Festival is a must-attend event!